BAe AVRO 146

British Aerospace BAe AVRO 146 RJ100/85

The British Aerospace 146 (also BAe 146) is a short-haul airliner and a regional airliner that was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace, later part of BAE Systems.

 

Production ran from 1983 until 2002. Manufacture of an improved version known as the Avro RJ began in 1992. A further-improved version with new engines, the Avro RJX, was announced in 1997, but only two prototypes and one production aircraft were built before production ceased in 2001.

 

With 387 aircraft produced, the Avro RJ/BAe 146 is the most successful British civil jet airliner programme.

The BAe 146/Avro RJ is a high-wing cantilever monoplane with a T-tail. It has four turbofan engines mounted on pylons underneath the wings, and has retractable tricycle landing gear.

 

The aircraft has very quiet operation, and has been marketed under the name Whisperjet. It sees wide usage at small city-based airports such as London City Airport. In its primary role it serves as a regional jet, short-haul airliner or regional airliner. The BAe 146/Avro RJ is in wide use with several European-based carriers such as CityJet. The largest operator of the type, Swiss Global Air Lines, retired its last RJ100 in August 2017.

 

The BAe 146 comes in -100, -200 and -300 models. The equivalent Avro RJ versions are designated RJ70, RJ85, and RJ100. The freight-carrying version carries the designation "QT" (Quiet Trader), and a convertible passenger-or-freight model is designated as "QC" (Quick Change). A "gravel kit" can be fitted to aircraft to enable operations from rough, unprepared airstrips

 

The airframe of the aircraft and many other key areas were designed to be as simple as possible. The engines lack thrust reversers due to their perceived reduced effectiveness in anticipated conditions. Instead, the BAe 146 features a large airbrake with two petals below the tail rudder at the rear of the fuselage, which has the advantage of being usable during flight and allowing for steep descent rates if required. In addition, the aircraft has full width wing spoilers which are deployed immediately on landing.

 

33 Avro’s (12 RJ-85, 14 RJ-100, 6 146-200 & 1 146-300) were operated by SN Brussels Airlines from February 2002. Later on, in March 2007, the Airline changed its name in Brussels Airlines. Before 2002, the planes were operated by Sabena the former Belgian national airline.

 

On October 28th 2017 the last commercial flight took off from EBBR - Brussels Airport (OO-DWD). The next day they went off to be stored in the UK, the place where it all started more than 30 jears ago.

 

We will all miss our little "Jumbolino"...